Hydrogen-powered driving company Nikola makes green solutions look sexy

When it comes to transportation and other industries heavily dependent on fossil fuels, what does create a stronger emotional commitment than the image of a Huracán 5.2 V10? Perhaps nothing, as far as the vast majority of zero CO2 emission vehicles look like Fred Flintstone’s “car”. However, Nikola’s founder Trevor…

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Today, August 22nd is Earth Overshoot Day 2020

Today, 22 August 2020, we have reached the Earth Overshoot Day: “the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year“. The Earth Overshoot Day is calculated by the Global Footprint Network, an international non-profit and research organization…

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Morgan Stanley, Citi and Bank of America join PCAF and commit to measuring greenhouse emission of loans and investments

Morgan Stanley, Citi, Bank of America and NatWest Group have announced that they will track CO2 emissions of their loans and investments, committing to disclosing the climate change impact of their financings. The banks have joined the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF), a global group composed by 70 financial…

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Investors demand corporate financial statements to incorporate climate change risks

A growing number of investors, among which we find Calpers, Schroders, DWS and Sarasin & Partners, have been pressuring firms and auditors to include material climate change risks into financial statements. Investors fear that companies accounting reports do not represent the real long-term outlook for many businesses as only a…

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Local and international investors and authorities are pressuring Bolsonaro to fight deforestation

Last July, Jair Bolsonaro, the current President of Brazil, has imposed a ban on forest fires during the dry season and arranged military operations against deforestation practices. This decree comes after pressure from local and international investors and European governments on the need to improve Brazil’s environmental commitment and to…

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Deforestation and the Covid-19 pandemic: a two-fold connection

Despite a positive historical trend that we have outlined in our previous article (http://en.sustainablevalueinvestors.com/2020/05/07/why-investors-are-more-than-ever-key-players-in-forest-preservation/), the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated again deforestation. Data from the Global Land Analysis and Discovery (GLAD), a worldwide warning system for the depletion of tree cover, testimonies that forest loss alerts have increased by 77% compared to…

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Alphabet launches largest sustainable bond offering ever, but this new frontier is not without risks

The Covid-19 pandemic has boosted the offering of socially-related bonds, as underlined in our previous article (http://en.sustainablevalueinvestors.com/2020/07/15/social-impact-bonds-have-outpaced-green-bonds-during-covid-19-pandemic/). Sustainability bonds differ from pure Social Bonds insofar as their proceeds are used to support investments in both environmental and social initiatives. The latest news in the sector comes from Alphabet, Google’s parent company,…

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The EU TAXONOMY for SUSTAINABLE FINANCE

Finance enables transformative improvements in industries all over Europe and globally. According to the OECD, globally, EUR 6.35 trillion a year will be required to meet Paris Agreement goals by 2030. Public-sector resources will not be adequate to meet this challenge, and mobilization of institutional and private capital will be necessary.  The EU Taxonomy categorizes…

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Why we need global Biodiversity Finance

Biodiversity is the infrastructure that supports all life on Earth. Our ecosystems thrive upon biodiversity and our natural capital is largely dependent on it. The unprecedented Holocene extinction, on a par with global warming, has led to a planetary emergency. Biodiversity depletion is an environmental disaster that is deteriorating at…

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